Dublin footballer Sinead Goldrick will miss the remainder of the AFL Women's season after suffering a hamstring tear.
The three-time All-Ireland winner tore a hamstring tendon and after a scan on Wednesday, it was decided that she would require surgery which ends her season prematurely for the second year in a row, having travelled home in 2020 before the play-offs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Goldrick, who plays for Melbourne alongside Dublin team-mates Lauren Magee and Niamh McEvoy, had helped the Demons to reach the AFLW Finals series after they beat Fremantle Dockers on Sunday.
The club's AFLW General Manager Daniel McPherson told Melbourne Media: "It was a devastating blow for Sinead, who has quickly become a much-loved, respected, and very important member of our team. Her elite speed and fierce competitiveness will be missed as we head into the finals next week.
"We are grateful that Sinead was able to get the corrective surgery done so swiftly. This gives her the opportunity to start a structured rehab program sooner than would otherwise have been the case, under the watchful eyes of our medical team, before heading back to Ireland later in the year.
"She will have the added benefit of a 'rehab buddy' in the coming weeks, with Krstel (Petrevski) also undergoing the same procedure yesterday."